HARRIS COUNTY, Texas - Houston-area teen Marlin Gibson, his brother Marcus and their family attorney Lee Merritt filed a formal complaint against several Harris County Pct. 1 officers Wednesday.
The issue is a confrontation that was partly recorded by Marlin on his cellphone. The video has now gone viral on social media.
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The officer's dashcam video shows a different angle of the incident.
Merritt claims the teens were doing lawn work and passing out business cards when an officer asked Marlin for his identification.
Authorities said Marlin told officers his name was "Marvin," he was 19-year-old and his date of birth was 10/12/99.
"Mr. Gibson falsified his name and date of birth to the deputy, saying he was 19 and giving a date of birth of 10/12/99 (which) would have made him 17. This further raised the deputy's suspicion," Constable Allen Rosen said.
Rosen said Marlin then left the scene and went to his mother's house. When officers went to speak with him, they were invited inside, but Marlin barricaded himself in a bathroom, according to authorities.
"He was going door-to-door, which caught the deputy's attention, because many people's homes are burglarized because people were going door-to-door," Rosen said.
Officers said they stunned Marlin twice by Taser and released a K-9 after several warnings.
"All I was doing was working," Marlin said.
The Gibsons are denying the barricade story, and say they were attacked.
"My clients were, we believe, racially profiled and arrested in a way that we believe was excessive," Merritt said.
Authorities said Marlin lied about his identity because he knew he had an open warrant.
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